Memories of state track meets never fade

   May 24, 2012 7:57 am    0

 

About nine years ago, my daughter was a freshman at McDowell High School and headed to the PIAA track and field meet in Shippensburg. She went three years in a row. And the girls team won states two years in a row, coached by Joe Sanford.
Today, a few 9th graders are headed to states. Read the entire article about all the young athletes on goerie.com, McDowell freshman Kelsey Swantek qualified for the 3,200 meter run. A distance specialist, Swantek won the District 10 Class AAA cross country championship as a freshman in October.

Villa Maria freshman Grace Trucilla qualified for the state meet with a photo finish in the 800-meter run at the D-10 final. We saw her dad, Judge John Trucilla, hours later at the mall.

What we learned at states:

  • Everyone is fast. I remember a girls relay team that ran boys times. Our girls relay team didn’t beat them, but placed high enough in that race and many other events to win the state championship. Twice.
  • No one can predict the winners. Some of the highest seeded athletes had trouble with injuries. The idea is to peak at states where competitors will push you to your best performance ever.
  • Every event is impressive. For two days, you spend a lot of time watching everything. The pole vaulting is a thing of beauty and hurdles at high speed will blur your vision.
  • The kids who participate in this event will learn from their experience. And so will the parents.

Good luck to all our local state-bound athletes. Stay humble, positive and enjoy the experience. You never know if you’ll get it again. Oh — and for parents, Gettysburg and Chambersburg are quite charming — and nearby.

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

 

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